Stefan O. Ciurea, MD, directs the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Before joining UCI, he served for more than a decade on the faculty of MD Anderson’s Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, where he pioneered the use of haploidentical donors for transplantation and a promising new approach using natural killer (NK) cells to decrease relapse after transplant.
Ciurea earned his medical degree at Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmaceuticals in Iasi, Romania, followed by an internal medicine residency at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg in Pennsylvania. He completed a hematology-oncology fellowship at the Chicago College of Medicine, and a fellowship in stem-cell transplantation and cellular therapy at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
A professor of hematology/oncology at the UCI School of Medicine, he is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and more than 10 book chapters and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world.